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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Typhoon Banner’s ability to begin fast and wrest the early lead from the $2.25 favourite Vespa proved the major factor in the gelding’s victory in the 2130m Rent A Gen Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Trainer Dylan Egerton-Green drove the $3.30 second fancy Typhoon Banner hard from the No. 3 barrier to charge past Vespa 150m after the start, and after a modest lead time of 37.6sec. Typhoon Banner relaxed and coasted through the opening quarter of the final mile in 31.8sec.

Typhoon Banner then covered the next three 400m sections in 29.9sec., 27.7sec. and 28.2sec. on his way to beating Heez Our Perseus ($11) by 2m, with Vespa finishing third after being hampered for room in the final circuit.

The New Zealand-bred Typhoon Banner won once from two starts in New Zealand and he has been an excellent performer in Western Australia where his 32 starts have produced ten wins and nine placings.